Thursday, January 04, 2018

U.S. Suspends Most Security Assistance To Pakistan

Following a harshly worded New Year's Day tweet by President Trump accusing Pakistan of "deceit" and harboring terrorists, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed Thursday that the U.S. will suspend most security assistance to Islamabad.

The cutoff is not permanent, Nauert said, and only affects military assistance.

Nauert told reporters that the suspension will remain in effect until Pakistan "takes decisive action" against groups such as the Taliban that are "destabilizing the region and targeting U.S. personnel." Although Pakistan "certainly has been helpful in some instances," she said, "they are not taking steps they need to take to fight terrorists."

The aid suspension is to include equipment and the transfer of security-related funds, with possible exceptions for U.S. national security reasons.  - NPR

U.S. Suspends Most Security Assistance To Pakistan


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